2020 Past Events

Performing Arts Japan 2021-2022, August 20, 2020

Call for Applications
Deadline: November 2, 2020

Application for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year is now open. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, November 2, 2020.



yo nakamura's the hit! parade

thursday, july 23, 8PM (PDT)
ON jfla's youtube channel
free admission
**note** Q&A session and after party through zoom will follow after the performance. 

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is pleased to announce that we will be delivering a Japanese dance performance directly to your room, virtually! Yo Nakamura, who is a marvelous contemporary dancer/choreographer, will be performing to challenge your body and mind. 

RSVP required to attend a Q&A session and after party.


Virtual Karate Exercise at Lunchtime, July 16, 2020

Every three weeks on wednesday
12:30pm (1 session, 15min)

Whether at work or at home, let's refresh yourself for 15 minutes on your lunchtime together with us!  Karate Exercise will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!
World class instructors from Kyokushin Karate of Los Angeles will give you a set of beginner’s level exercises from their basic movement with their English instruction. 
There will be one 15-minute session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JFLALC).  Achieve the unity of body and spirit!


Tokyo Dance Express, June 12, 2020

june - July
On JFLA's facebook & YouTube channel

During June and July, we will be delivering Japanese contemporary dance performance directly to your room virtually! Yo Nakamura, a marvelous contemporary dancer/choreographer, will be presenting a series of various approaches to your body and mind. In each performance, she will be doing different dances at different locations.  


#EdamameChamp JFLA CUP, May 30, 2020

Online event 
Saturday, May 30, 2020  
2:00PM (PDT) ..

#EdamameChamp is an annual chopstick skill competition to promote healthy ways of eating through Japanese cuisine and to also raise funds to provide food education programs to children. This year, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is happy to announce our first online #EdamameChamp event, which will be hosted with TABLE FOR TWO USA.


#みんなでがんばりマスク Project!, May 06, 2020

May 1 - 31

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) is collaborating with American Assocation of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) for a month long project on Instagram to unite and support Japanese language learners from the US and Beyond! It is called #みんなでがんばりマスク project and we hope to have as much Japanese language learners to participate! The project goal is to fill the JFLA Instagram in May with posts that reflect at least one of the following themes: hope, community, appreciation, and encouragement!

For information on how to participate, click on the following link:

Virtual Lecture Series: The Who's Who of Japanese Deities, May 06, 2020

July 16, 30, August 13, 27
7:00-7:30PM (PT)
Lecture videos are available on our YouTube channel.

Did you know that the famous Laughing Buddha is actually not a Buddha at all or that the meditative Buddha is only one type among a multitude? This digital lecture series will serve as an introduction not only to the categories of Buddhist deity, but to the iconography that will allow laypeople to identify specific figures.
There are four lectures in this series; Lecture 1 (July 16) will be about Celestial Beings, Lecture 2 (July 30) Wisdom Kings, Lecture 3 (August 13) Bodhisattvas, and Lecture 4 (August 27) Buddhas.
All lecture videos are available on our YouTube channel.  You can also take the self-study Quiz after watching the video!


JFLA COVID-19 Response, March 19, 2020

Following recommendations from the City of Los Angeles, the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is now closed temporarily to the public until further notice. All public programs and events we planned to host at our location in mid-Wilshire have been canceled at this time. Our JF Nihongo Japanese Language Courses have been moved online for the rest of the current winter term.

We are currently exploring ways for you to enjoy our vast resources of Japanese language and culture virtually, and we will be sure to let you know about these initiatives.

JFLA will continue to monitor the situation and assess the need to continue the closure of our public spaces and will notify you immediately of any updates by email, website, and through our social media platforms. If you have any specific inquiries during this time, please feel free to contact us using the form at the following link: https://www.jflalc.org/contact. We look forward to welcoming you back to JFLA soon.

Hideki Hara

Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime, March 04, 2020

Wednesday, March 4
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs on Wednesday at lunchtime!
March 4 is Yoga day!  In this program, no need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair receiving relaxing instruction from a bilingual (English and Japanese) instructor. Learn simple Japanese phrases during the instruction and stretch your mind as well as your body.
There will be two free sessions beginning at 12:30pm and 1:00pm.  No reservation necessary, all are welcome.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 26, 2020

The Wonderland
(115mins, 2019)

Directed by Keiichi Hara

Wednesday, March 11@7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

Akane is a shy, young girl. On the day before her birthday, Akane meets the mysterious and fabled alchemist Hippocrates along with his apprentice Pipo who bring her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. He reveals that this world is in danger, and as the "Green Goddess" it is her destiny and responsibility to save this world.


Tabaimo & Maki Morishita: Fruits borne out of rust, February 20, 2020

631 W. 2ND ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012)
Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23
Tickets: $11/$18/$22


Isolation, contagion and instability: Fruits borne out of rust, conceived of and directed by internationally known Japanese visual artist Tabaimo, uses drawings, video installations and live music to probe these unsettling themes that lurk beneath daily existence. Her intricate animations transform the stage, while Maki Morishita’s subtle yet dynamic choreography enhances Tabaimo's peculiar and introspective world.

This tour is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.


Master Class: Hand Embroidery with Shizuka Kusano & Trunk Show, February 15, 2020

Craft Contemporary
(5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, February 15 & Sunday, February 16

Workshop is sold out

Work one-on-one with Shizuka Kusano, one of Japan’s most well-known kimono embroidery artists, to make a compact mirror cover using traditional Japanese embroidery techniques.  Craft Contemporary Shop hosts a special trunk show by Shizuka Kusano as well. It is a rare opportunity to shop her handmade items. 


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 10, 2020


 (80mins, 2018)

Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto


Wednesday, February 26@7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*This film contains some adult material. Viewer discretion is advised.

The first samurai period film from Shinya Tsukamoto who has captured international attention with Tetsuo The Iron Man and Fires on the Plain among others. Questions about life and death are brought into the open through ronin earnestly living in a farming village during the turbulent times of the late Edo period.


Be a Hollywood Star in Japanese!: Voice Acting Workshop, February 04, 2020

tuESDAY, february 4, 2020

Have you ever imagined being a Japanese voice actor, doing voice-over of Hollywood stars’ lines?  We will give you a chance to challenge yourself in the world of voice acting!  In this exciting workshop, professionals from Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy (JVTA) will instruct you to talk like actors using scenes from popular Hollywood movies.  All levels are welcome!

detailsclick here to RSVP

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 03, 2020


 (70mins, 2018)

Directed by Kaku Arakawa


Wednesday, February 12 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.


Workshop: Create Your Own Kanji & Calligraphy, January 15, 2020

wednesday, January 15

Be creative and become familiar with Kanji and Japanese calligraphy!  This workshop is for all who are interested in writing Kanji and learning about Japanese calligraphy!  You will learn various types of Kanji formations and the concept of radicals.  You will also learn how to write Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) with correct posture, proper way of holding an ink brush, and right stroke orders.  Let's write your own Kanji in calligraphy form on washi paper!

detailsclick here to RSVP

Under a Mushroom Cloud Film Festival, January 09, 2020

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)
In This Corner of the World (2016)
The Face of Jizo (2004)

Sunday, January 19
11AM   Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

1:30PM   In This Corner of the World
4PM   The Face of Jizo

Venue: Japanese American National Museum (100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles)
Free (Museum Admission Required), RSVP REQUIRED

Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb exhibition, currently on view at JANM, JFLA and JANM will screen world acclaimed films related to the atomic bombs. These films tell the story of people who were under the two mushroom clouds. JANM encourages the public to see the films and share these stories of resilience, love, and hopes for peace.

detailsclick here to RSVP